It’s also tainted by father and mother’s lived experiences. Both Southern, both 70ish, and both valid. My tainted experience comes from oral stories told by my late great, great grandfather a former share cropper. My tainted views come from the oral histories experiences of my Southern grandmothers and grand dad who served in a segregated military and who nearly half of their lived experiences in a partially segregated world back by a racist state history. My taint comes from younger siblings who both served in a racist and misogynist American military. Yeah, we’re tainted. We’re all tainted. Who caused the taint?

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